Fit and firing Behich sets sights on twin Caltex Socceroos wins
Caltex Socceroos full-back Aziz Behich is taking career-best form into what he hopes will be back-to-back wins at the beginning of Bert van Marwijk's tenure.
Australia's 26-man squad have assembled in Oslo ahead of Van Marwijk's first match in charge against Norway on Saturday morning (AEDT).
The friendly is followed by a meeting with 13th-ranked Colombia in London next week and Behich is eager to establish a winning mindset in both matches.
"I think they're going to be a great test for us and I think we're going to be in good shape leading into the World Cup," Behich told socceroos.com.au.
"We're going to go into each game to win. That's why we play.
"We've got a good group, I think all the boys are playing at high levels, and there's no reason why we can't get the job done in these two games."
Behich enters camp on the back of a fine run of form for Turkey-based club side Bursaspor, having most recently provided the assist in Saturday's 1-0 win over Sivasspor.
His performances have made him the Caltex Socceroos' incumbent left-back less than three months out from the FIFA World Cup.
"I'm having probably one of the best seasons I've had in my career," the 27-year-old said.
"I'm at a good club. We should be doing a little bit better now as a team, but that happens in football.
"I'm just trying to keep my performance to a high level and put my hand up in contention to get selected for the national team.
"With the World Cup coming up, I want to make sure I'm as fit as possible and performing at a high level."
Ryan’s classy gesture for young Brighton fan
Mat Ryan’s generosity knows no bounds with the Caltex Socceroos gloveman making the day of a young Brighton and Hove Albion fan following the clash with Tottenham on Wednesday (AEST). The Aussie shot-stopper spotted a young Seagulls fan in the stands and presented him with his
Aussies Abroad: captain Sainsbury in big clash in Switzerland
Caltex Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury continues to rack up some crucial game time ahead of the FIFA World Cup, playing another full game for Grasshopper Zurich in Switzerland. Sainsbury, who was captain for the match, was excellent for his side but was unable to help them
56 days to go: Ivo Rudic's FIFA World Cup story
There are fewer than two months until the 2018 FIFA World Cup and, as part of the run-up to Russia, we are profiling every Australian player who's been to the tournament. The latest member of our countdown is Ivo Rudic, a member of the 1974 squad and perhaps one of Australia's
Full Countdown List: Every Socceroo to play at a FIFA World Cup
With less than three months to go until the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, we're profiling every Australian who's been to a FIFA World Cup. From the 1974 pioneers to the most recent players to represent the Caltex Socceroos at Brazil in 2014, we'll celebrate the men who have g